Add Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) to those pushing the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify Internet access as a Title II common carrier service now that negotiations have failed to produce a compromise legislative solution.
That is not surprising given his longstanding support for that option, but he joined a number of others weighing in favor of that option, including Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.).
"Waiting and deliberation is over, the FCC must now move to reclassify broadband under Title II. Innovators and consumers can no longer wait, hoping that the Internet will remain open and free from discrimination - they need certainty," Inslee said in a statement. "For months, I have encouraged the FCC to reinstate the rules of the road that have allowed for the explosion of innovation and economic growth on the Internet. Instead, some have pointed to Congress to find a solution. Despite the efforts of [House Energy & Commerce Chairman] Chairman [Henry] Waxman, it is now clear that Congress will likely not find a bipartisan approach this year that will protect consumers and the online marketplace. The time for FCC action is now. We can't wait any longer."
Waxman also said the FCC would need to step in if Congress could not come to agreement, but also said the door might still be open for a bipartisan bill among "cooler heads" after the election.